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William Hill Secures Market Access in Michigan Through Partnership with GTB

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Sports betting company William Hill has partnered with the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians (GTB) and secured market access in Michigan.

William Hill will be GTB’s exclusive provider of online sports betting and online casino gaming throughout Michigan, with plans to open retail William Hill Sports Book at Turtle Creek Casino & Hotel this year.

The William Hill Sports Book will be located in the current Onyx Sports Bar at Turtle Creek Casino & Hotel, with a satellite location at Leelanau Sands Casino. Both are expected to open prior to the 2020 football season, pending regulatory approvals. William Hill plans to launch Online Casino Gaming and Online Sports Betting when permitted under Michigan regulations.

“We are pleased to have found a great partner in the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians and look forward to working with the Tribe to bring a leading retail and online sports betting experience to sports fans in Michigan,” Joe Asher, CEO of William Hill US, said.

“Michigan will be a key state in William Hill’s U.S. expansion due to its large population and deep rooted-sports culture with so many popular college and pro sports teams,” Joe Asher added.

“It was important for us to find a partner with a great sports betting and gaming brand that has proven experience throughout the US market. William Hill’s expertise in sports betting operations and marketing and strategic media partnerships will ensure that we are able to attract customers from throughout the State of Michigan to the online products while offering another great amenity to attract guests to our casinos. We look forward to working with William Hill to develop the best sports book in northern Michigan at Turtle Creek Casino,” Michael Schrader, CEO of Grand Traverse Resort & Casinos, said.

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Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association Chairman Rejects Governor’s Offer

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Matthew Morgan, chairman of the Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association, has rejected Gov. Kevin Stitt’s latest casino gambling offer and accused the governor of attempting to take advantage of the tribes during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Morgan termed the governor’s offer as “yet another unsuccessful attempt to divide the tribes.”

“The letter confirms the real intent of Governor Stitt is to destroy the tribal interest outlined in the existing compacts. The tribal leaders who received the letter reject the proposal as disrespectful and disingenuous,” Morgan said.

Steve Mullins, one of Stitt’s outside attorneys, wrote in a letter to the tribal leaders that the Corona pandemic has changed the landscape for tribal and non-tribal governments.

“Now more than ever is the time for us to stand together,” Mullins wrote.

Included with the letter is the proposed new compact, which would require tribes to pay a flat 5% fee on gambling revenue and authorise both the tribe and the state to offer sports gambling, Morgan said.

The compact would also vest more power with the state to interfere in tribal casino operations, such as approval of casino vendors and installation of a minimum number of electronic machines in casino floor.

“This compact is a huge power grab for his office,” Morgan said.

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PlaySugarHouse.com Brings Joy To A Pennsylvania Man Who Hit The Divine Fortune Mega Jackpot At Home For More Than $159,000

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PlaySugarHouse.com is once again bringing a little positivity during these difficult times to a West Chester, PA man who hit the Divine Fortune jackpot on Sunday night. Anthony, who asked that we not share his last name, hit the jackpot for a total winning of $159,052.43. This is the third time the Divine Fortune jackpot was hit at PlaySugarHouse.com since the closure of all land-based casinos in the states of New Jersey and Pennsylvania. The first time was in New Jersey on March 15th and the second time was in Pennsylvania on March 20th, both for over $278,000.

Anthony was at home with his family when he won. “I still feel like I’m in a dream,” the 55-year-old commercial painter said. “I was definitely not expecting it, and I had to ask myself if I really hit the jackpot.”

While he doesn’t have any set plans for his winnings, Anthony expressed that he would like to put aside some money for retirement.

“It’s exciting to be able to provide a chance for our players to win life changing jackpots on an outlet that doesn’t require them to leave home,” said Mattias Stetz, C.O.O. of Rush Street Interactive, which operates PlaySugarHouse.com and BetRivers.com.  “This win made a huge positive impact during this very trying period of time.”

With all land-based casinos in New Jersey and Pennsylvania closed, PlaySugarHouse.com has seen an increase in online casino play over the past couple of weeks.

This is the fourteenth Divine Fortune jackpot at PlaySugarHouse.com in Pennsylvania since its launch last summer.

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Barona Resort & Casino Extends its Closure

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The Barona Band of Mission Indians has extended the closure of Barona Resort & Casino to April 19 in response to the ongoing concerns about COVID-19. All staff members will continue to receive pay and benefits during this time.

“Barona’s Tribal leaders will continue to monitor and evaluate the situation on a daily basis as the health and safety of our staff, players and community is our top priority. We anxiously await the day we can welcome our staff and players back home to Barona. For now, we hope to be able to re-open on Monday, April 20. We thank the entire Barona family, including our 3,100 Barona staff members and all of our players for their support and patience during this difficult time,” the Barona Band of Mission Indians said.

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